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April 28, 1972

Assembly OKs proposal for battleship

Courier-Post Bureau

TRENTON - If you Senate follows the Assembly's lead, Atlantic City may find the Battleship New Jersey "cruising" along its beach.

A bill creating a 15-member commission to arrange for transporting the battleship and berthing it at a proposed memorial park was approved by the Assembly yesterday 63-1.

Sponsor of the bill Steven P. Perskie, D-Atlantic, explained that the federal government has agreed to donate the ship to Atlantic City for preservation as a monument.

The commission will be appointed by the governor, and at least eight of them must be residents of Atlantic County. They would serve staggered terms on the commission and have full jurisdiction over the ship and any related exhibits.

To finance purchase of a site, the commission would be authorized to float bonds not exceeding a half-million dollars.

The only opponent to the bill, Anthony Imperiald, Independent-Essex, objected that better use could be made of a $5,000 appropriation that is included in the bill to cover the cost of transporting the ship to Atlantic City.

A number of assemblymen rose to support the bill, most of them explaining that development of the memorial park would aid in the rehabilitation of Atlantic City.



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